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This talk was recorded at the 2017 Animal Activist Forum in
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Further information about this talk from the forum booklet
THE INSTITUTE FOR CRITICAL ANIMAL STUDIES, OCEANIA
Academic and activist reflections on the animal advocacy
Biography: Nick Pendergrast has had many years of experience
as an animal advocate. He has also done a lot of research on the movement,
including completing a PhD thesis on animal activism, in the field of Sociology
(theconversation.com/profiles/nick-pendergrast-5089). He teaches Sociology at
the University of Melbourne. He is also a part of the Institute for Critical
Animal Studies Oceania collective (criticalanimalstudies.org/icas-oceania/) and
co-hosts Progressive Podcast Australia, which covers animal rights and a wide
range of other social justice issues (ProgressivePodcastAustralia.com).
Presentation Summary: This talk will draw on my own
experiences as an animal activist over the past decade or so. I will also
discuss how these experiences led me to carry out a PhD thesis on the animal
advocacy movement. This thesis applied sociological theories on social
movements and organisations to the animal advocacy movement in Australia and
the United States. I will draw on parts of this thesis that are particularly
relevant to animal activism generally and vegan activism specifically. I will
finish with some recommendations for animal activists, based on both my
academic research and experiences as an activist.